McKee tells about an additional piece of information that William Pepper dug up from eye witnesses regarding the final death of King at the Memphis hospital. McKee uses this as a platform to review much of the highlights of Pepper's work to uncover the truth about the assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Pepper, it should be known, was the lawyer that formally prosecuted Lloyd Jowers as a participant in the murder of King in a civil suit formally known as a "wrongful death action" against Jowers by the King family. But more importantly, Pepper in the trial was able to build a case that Jowers was not only a participant, but the FBI and other government agencies were involved in the murder. This was the only trial where citizens reviewed evidence of government involvement in the major assassinations (King, the Kennedys, and Malcolm X) and found the government guilty, not directly, but in the course of the trial against Jowers it was revealed that the FBI was very much involved with Jowers and others connected with the assassination.
The following statement made by Pepper to McKee about why he is able to write so freely about the evidence implicating government agencies in King's death is particularly illuminating.
He [Pepper] says he suspects that those orchestrating the cover-up, which continues to this day, are no longer concerned with what he writes about the subject.I believe his explanation about his freedom to write without consequences also supports my theory of a human flaw (fatal?) in the form of gullibility as expressed in my commentary following one of yesterday's posts. It also illustrates how the ruling class's "authoritative" sources were able to brainwash most people regarding Kings assassination. The directorate of the capitalist deep state have, once again, manufactured their own version of what happened, their major media made sure everyone got this version, and people were so psychologically threatened by the prospect of government involvement in major deceptions that they chose, and still choose, to believe the official tales. They have been conditioned to dismiss challenging articles on the internet pejoratively as "conspiracy theories" and refuse to read books that dispute these major themes.
“I’m really basically harmless, I think, to the power structure,” Pepper said in an interview.
“I don’t think I threaten them, really. The control of the media is so consolidated now they can keep someone like me under wraps, under cover, forever. This book will probably never be reviewed seriously by mainstream, the story will not be aired in mainstream – they control the media. It was bad in the ’60s but nowhere near as bad as now.”
Regarding the latter, I am reproducing my personal experience from a post in 2013 in connection with the purchase of one of Pepper's excellent books from a used book dealer.
...a recent experience I had in the course of purchasing a used book online. The book, published in 2003, is An Act of State by attorney William Pepper. I was greatly impressed by the book which reported on the events of a civil trial: a wrongful death action brought by the King family against one of the participants of the assassination of Martin Luther King--Lloyd Jowers. ....
When I received the book I noticed it was [originally] from an Indiana public library. I wrote to the head librarian inquiring as to why they sold such a book. She replied via email that not a single person had ever checked out the book in the six years it was in their stacks! Nobody in their community wanted to know the truth!